Is there a fuel poverty crisis?
In the UK there is a widespread problem with regards to gas, whether it be the debate as to whether it is polluting the air or the fact that there isn’t enough of it to go around. Never the less, ideas put forward by various Government sectors such as the coalition will always attract a minimal amount of disapproval in any circumstance. The coalition Government has in fact been accused of “setting meaningless targets” along with ignoring the predicament of the elderly generation.
Currently across the UK, more and more homes are becoming sadly disused or poorly maintained, for example; fuel that these houses need equates for the up keep of the buildings structure allowing it to stay dry and prevent it from becoming damp which then provides a safe, warm living environment. The long term plan is to successfully transform England’s leakiest, wettest and coldest houses into energy efficient pods of the future and to make sure this is progressed upon when future governments will be put in charge under instruction.
Households that possess a lower than average income but at the same time have high energy costs are described a “fuel poverty” problem. This outcome is usually down to having poorly insulated homes. To successfully monitor the usage of energy in homes the Government have an energy rating system described on Energy Performance Certificates which are usually carried out when properties are being sold or rented out. The top rated status A being highly energy efficient whilst possessing the lowest expenditure in bills and vice versa.
In the near future it is highly likely that there will be a legal obligation for as many fuel-poor homes as possible to be transformed with regards to meeting the standards of the band C category rating for fuel efficient homes by the year 2030. Conversely, to date only one in twenty out of 2.3 million fuel poor homes in the UK reach the above category the Government admitted.
Ed Davey, energy and Climate Change Secretary stated;
“These proposals mark a radical shift away from old policies of tinkering at the edges without tackling the root causes of fuel poverty – homes that need too much energy and leak too much heat to be able to keep warm."
Mr Davey continued to promise that the Government would approach the worst affected houses first whereby people who find themselves in extreme cases are paying around £1,500 more than they need to in the first place for the cost of energy in their homes. The idea of approaching this property band first gives the results of possibly saving poorer residents somewhere in the region of £1 billion a year on fuel bills. Never the less, campaigners who fight against fuel poverty came together to distribute their disapproval towards the delays in helping those who are affected by this situation.
Jenny Saunders, who is part of the charity National Energy Action (NEA) stated;
“There is a significant risk that more than a million fuel-poor households will continue to live in hard-to-heat homes by 2025 and the £1bn savings on bills will not be achieved”.
Caroline Abrams who is a charity director at Age UK was extremely straightforward, labelling the strategy as being “unambitious and the targets that have been set, highly “inadequate”.
Can existing fuel problems be solved in time for the forthcoming future?
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